Prevention science is a framework for research focused on preventing and/or mitigating behavioral and health challenges and increasing resiliency. The prevention science work at FPG draws from a diverse range of disciplines—including the behavioral, social, psychological, and neuro sciences—to understand the origins of social problems at the individual, community, and societal levels. Prevention strategies focus on ways to intervene before a problem emerges or worsens, avoiding adverse outcomes and their costs, and enhancing conditions conducive to healthy child and adolescent development, good mental and physical health, and strong families and communities.
Published in the Journal of Community Psychology, "Community Capacity Coach: Embedded Support to Implement Evidenced-Based Prevention" discusses the impact of introducing the role of a Community Capacity Coach, who lives in the local community and is responsible for bridging gaps between the local community and statewide support systems, on the implementation of Triple P.
Embedding Mental Health Consultation Within Prenatal Home Visiting to Prevent Child Maltreatment and Violence Exposure is a collaboration with the Rhode Island Department of Health that innovates on a home visiting program. With a focus on a high-risk population, the project goal is to prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) exposure among infants.
Diana Fishbein, PhD, is director of Translational Neuro-Prevention Research at FPG. Her studies use transdisciplinary methods and a developmental approach to understanding interactions between neurobiological processes and environmental factors. She is founding director of the National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives.